Last night, Channel 7 news broadcast a story where Charlotte Dawson came face to face with two of her Twitter trolls. One troll states:
“There’s real life you and internet you. Yeah I gain a bit more confidence on the internet,” he says.
Another trolls says:
“They’re just things that I say. They’re things that I say on twitter and twitter isn’t real life.”
While a third states:
“I don’t necessarily mean what I tweet half the time it’s what I, what it’s… What my twitter is, is basically just a bit of fun,” he told Charlotte.
To me, this is a worrying mindset – the belief that online life doesn’t impact on real life. It does. What you post can affect your employment, your relationships and can even be subject to police investigations.
See previous stories about Dawson and her Twitter trolls:
- Protect yourself against trolls, they are bullies
- Corinne Grant’s take on Charlotte Dawson Twitter attack
- Charlotte Dawson Twitter attack
If you have problems with online bullying, visit beyondblue.org.au or call Lifeline on 131 114.